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Friday, October 21, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 126 12.52 feetLast Year: 13.72 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. EMTs visit local school ... Page 10 Okeechobee escapes storm damage ... Page 3 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenOHS Homecoming ParadeThe Okeechobee High School 2011 Homecoming Parade was held Thursday at 6 p.m. in downtown Okeechobee. Parade oats took their themes from cartoons. The senior class chose a "Flintstones" theme, with a Brahman dressed as Fred Flintstone using a rock to crush the South Fork Bulldogs (above). For more photos, see the Okeechobee News page on Facebook. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News As the Okeechobee City Council learned at their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18, there is de nitely citizen interest in developing a new city park. While the city has been having trouble nding volunteers for other citizen boards and committees, there was no lack of volunteers for a park committee. The idea of a park on city-owned property at the intersection of S.E. Sixth Avenue and S.E. Seventh Street was brought up at the Oct. 4 city council meeting. At that time councilmen decided to advertise for volunteers to form a park committee. By the Oct. 18 meeting, 12 people had applied for the park committee. Of the 12 applicants, the council chose nine to serve on the committee. The par k committee now consists of Steve Nelson, Jamie Gamiotea, Toni Doyle, Jim Causier, Phil Baughman, Patty Mullins, Frank DeCarlo, Daryl Roehm and John Creasman. The committee will make recommendations to the city council concerning the proposed park. City attorney John Cook agreed to chair the rst meeting in order to inform the committee on the Florida Sunshine Laws which deal with conducting public meetings. Gary Ritter, director of the South Florid a Water Management District's Okeechobee Service Center, had some good news. He told councilmen that with the level of Lake Okeechobee now over 12 feet, all the locks on the northern end of the lake are open seven days a week with lock tenders. While he predicted that the lake might rise to 13 New city committee to discuss park plansSee PARK — Page 13 W oman pleads guilty to 2005 murder ... Page 5 The OHS Brahman mascot (above) threw toy footballs to children along the parade route. At right, the OHS Blazing Brahmans Marching Band provided parade music.


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For United States military veterans there is a new kid on the block, and it’s growing fast. The Okeechobee Veterans Council has formed to unite non-governmental veterans organizations to provide better service to our military heros, past and present. “Each v eterans organization can only do so much to help a veteran in need,” said council chairman David Clemson. “But by working together as a group of self-help organizations, better programs and more assistance can be provided to those veterans who need assistance. The council is made up of organizations such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Legion Riders, Veterans Support Team, etc. A ny military service organization or veterans group is welcome and encouraged to join the council. It must be a military nongovernment service or veteran organization. Each member organization has one voting delegate on the council board. The delegate must be a veteran of the U.S. Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard or National Guard. There are several other veteran councils across Florida and in other states, working together provides opportunities for local, state, and national programs to provide bene ts and education for veterans that otherwise may not be available. “We work closely with the Veterans Administration to see that every veteran knows about the government bene ts provided by VA. We also may be able to provide assistance to veterans where the VA cannot.” said Mr. Clemson. “We take each case on an individual basis, and attempt to get assistance from community agencies or through grants and donations.” The council and all member organizations are non-pro t volunteers. No one is paid. The council and its members have already assisted some area veterans and have started a new program to provide rst responders with training for recognizing and treatment of people who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “War veterans as well as just everyday citizens or victims of crime who have lived through a very traumatic situation may be affected in many different ways. PTSD can go unnoticed until another stressful situation arises. Police, remen and other professions where the individual is subjected to a horri c scene or situation may suffer from PTSD. Many tornado, re or accident victims may be subjected to PTSD. It is not just a military problem,” he explained. The Okeechobee Veteran Council in conjunction with the Veterans Administration, PTSD mobile Clinic have arranged a PTSD seminar for rst responders with assistance of Okeechobee Sheriff’s Dept. The Sheriff’s Department and also Okeechobee Police Department, Fire Department and EMTs have all made this free training available to all of their personnel. Also invited are Glades County Sheriff’s Department, Martin Count y Sheriff’s Department, Highlands Count y Sheriff’s Department, Buckhead Ridge Volunteers Fire Department, and Brighton Seminole Reservation Police and Fire Departments. Other rst responder organizations in the Okeechobee area who wish more information on this program may contact David Clemson at 352-552-5367 or leave a message at 863-763-2950. A PTSD Seminar will be held on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. until noon and from 2 until 4 p.m., each day. There is no cost to rst responder organizations for this seminar. The council does not interfere or change its member organizations programs. The council is a way to extend the capabilities, nancially, politically and cumulatively, Mr. Clemson explained. “One voice alone ma y be heard. Many voices together will be listened to.” By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Lois Nichols recommended a reduction of ne and granted an extension of a deadline in two code violation cases heard Tuesday, Oct. 18. David Swart of Florida Prairie, Inc. had been previously ordered by the special magistrate to apply for a building permit for a primary residence and two sheds for his property at 21232 N.W. 252nd St. by Oct. 13. He said that because of the recent rains he had not been able to do any work on the property and asked for more time. The special magistrate gave him until Friday, Oct. 21 to apply for building permits. Because of extenuating circumstances, the special magistrate decided to recommend that the county commissioners reduce Lawanda Green’s $60,450 code violation ne down to $5,450. The properties of Fort Drum Investments, which operates Fort Drum Diner and the Church of God in Christ, 715 N.W. Sixteenth Ave., were found to be in compliance and those cases were not heard.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. 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While there may have been tornadoes over Lake Okeechobee, there were no reports of any tornadoes touching down in the county. At 7:29 p.m. Tuesday night the National Weather Service in Melbourne reported a severe thunderstorm with a tornado 14 miles southwest of Okee Tantie Campground and Marina or seven miles east of Lakeport moving northeast at 30 MPH. At 7:59 p.m. the tornado was 8 miles southwest of Okeechobee moving northeast at 25 MPH. However, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce reported no tornado touchdowns or storm damage Tuesday night. The only problem they were aware of was ooding on U.S. 441 N near Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House and on S.R. 70 near Posey’s Corner. Between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. on Wednesday Florida Power and Light reported a cumulative total of 610 customers in the county who experienced power failure at various times during that time period. However, in most cases, power was restored quickly. Glades Electric, which serves a portion of Okeechobee County, reported only one or two power outages overnight in Okeechobee County. Most of their power outages were around Lakeport and Venus. Glades County encountered strong winds near the Lakeport Volunteer Fire Department on State Road 78 on Oct. 18, between 7 and 8 p.m. Damage was reported by residents to their homes and the Lakeport Volunteer Firehouse. Power lines were down and debris was in the streets. County escapes tornado damage Program helps Hardest Hit homeownersAre you unemployed or underemployed and having trouble making your mortgage payments? There’s good news for homeowners. If you’ve experienced a nancial hardship due to job loss or reduced hurs, resulting ina reduction in your income, the federal government has allocated funding to the State of Florida to help people in your situation. It’s free to apply and those who qualify may be eligible for up to six months of mortgage payments. You can get the help you need when you need it and it’s absolutely free to apply. To nd out if you are eligible or for more information, visit www.FLHardestHitHelp.org or call 877-863-5244 or contact Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc,, 115 S.W. 5th Avenue, 863-467-5525.


Herbert Hoover Dike Take a good look at the dike down south of here! It’s made of sand and ROCK. In the mid 60s when they raised it there was a whole lot of blasting going on. I know I was there!  In their Expert Review Panel Report, prepared for the South Florida Water Management District in 2006, Bromwell, Dean and Vick des cribe the basic problem facing the dike to be “simple.” They say: “Certain geologic format ions that underlie the dike, and portions of t he material that comprise it, bear a striking resemblance to Swiss cheese. Laced with int erconnected voids and open channels, not only do these materials conduct large ows of w ater, they also admit sand and silt-sized soil particles that comprise the bulk of the dike and its foundation. In a process of unstable feedback called internal erosion or piping, this s eepage causes more particles to be removed, w hich in turn causes more seepage. Eventually, either excessive water pressures cause t he dike slopes to fail, or the dike simply collapses from the net effect of particle removal one grain at a time. Herbert Hoover Dike has narrowly escaped failure from this process on s everal occasions and we suspect that its condition may be worsening.”  The dike was made of sand and rock, but it was built on muck. The dike isn’t washing out, it’s being undermined.  The part that was built in the 60s was b uilt to connect the parts that were built in t he 30s. Two completely different construction methods.OCRA football As for football, over the years I’ve seen players with no size bring it on to the big guys w ho found out that the game was about dedic ation, endurance, and toughness, no matter w hat the size of their body. The size of their heart was huge. Win or lose they gave their all. I know times change, and I’m dating myself, b ut football doesn’t. It’s a tough, hard sport that not everyone can excel at but for some reason parents expect their child to be a man and play this game to perfection in the younger years. Let them play and things will sort themselves out. It’s a parent problem not a kids problem.  I think it is foolish for parents to let small children play contact sports, especially if the teams are not divided by weight class. An injury to a growth plate can affect a child for the rest of his life. But that choice is up to the parents. If you are concerned about potential injuries of any activity, the parent makes the decision whether or not the child will participate. In this case, you have the choice of Pop Warner football, where the kids are grouped by size and the OCRA where they are grouped by age. Or you can decided not to let the youngster play contact football and get him interested in something else instead, There are plenty of less dangerous sports and activities. Lake levels There’s a tropical storm in the Gulf, I hope the ones with oversight don’t panic and start dumping water unless it is extremely necessary.  The ACOE will panic rst, they’ve run out of money to x the dike due to New Orleans. We are coming into the dry season, if the lake gets to 14 feet, they should dump to keep it there. That’s a safe and healthy level to start the dry season.  They are still saying that since the lake is within the schedule, they won’t release any water to the Caloosahatchee or the St. Lucie and they have all of the ood control structures north of the lake open. The lake can easily take two to two and a half feet of additional water before there would be any concern, and that is a LOT of water. I doubt even a tropical storm would dump that much water.  Tropical Storm Faye raised the lake 4 feet in a week.  They need to keep it as high as they safely can. When the rains stop, the sugar gods can deplete the lake back to 9 feet in no time.  Faye was a “100 year” rain event. There’s not much chance we’ll see another one like that. And even if we did get 4 feet of rain, that would put the lake at 16 feet which is manageable. I know they don’t want it over 14.5 due to the issues on the south end of the dike, and if it gets above 14.5 they will do releases. But if we had enough rain to bring it up 4 feet, the releases would be the least of the worries for the folks along the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie as they would already be ooded.  A “100 year” rain event doesn’t mean it can only come once every 100 years. It means that in any year there is a 1 in 100 chance of getting a similar storm. It would be possible to have them back to back, just not probable. Joan’s storyJoan Shults lives in Ancient Oaks RV Resort and she is volunteering her time for the Sixth Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Joan is a recipient of donated blood and wants to share her story in the hopes it will inspire people to give blood at this year’s Roundup that will be held at the Freshman Campus on Nov. 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. In December 2009, Joan developed a massive gastrointestinal bleed. She was hemorrhaging when she arrived at Raulerson Hospital and was sent to Lawnwood Hospital in Ft. Pierce where she received ten units of blood over a 3 to 4 day period of time. Until Joan had surgery to stop her bleeding, she felt so weak that she did not think she was going to live. She remembers that she could not hold a telephone because she had no strength due to the loss of blood. Joan is very thankful for the ten generous people who donated their blood so she could survive her medical emergency. Last year during knee replacement surgery, she received an additional two units of blood; although it was not a life threatening emergency, the blood was necessary so that she could have her knee surgery. Joan cannot give blood now; however, every time there is a blood drive at Ancien t Oaks, she brings a friend or two so they ma y donate blood in her place. Joan wants to encourage anyone who cannot give blood to do the same thing— nd a friend or family member who can donate blood in you r place. Joan and I hope to see you at the 2011 Okeechobee Blood Roundup—and bring a friend. Susan Williams Friday, October 21, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Joan and Jay Shults Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBus Safety WeekSupervisor of Transportation Louise Piper accepts a proclamation for National Bus Safety Week from Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy during the Okeechobee School Board meeting on Tuesday night.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News October 21, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A prostitute who planned to rob a local man but ended up killing him was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison. Patricia Lynn Gonzales, 38, was arrested Dec. 14, 2010, and later indicted on a rstdegree murder charge by a grand jury. Per her agreement with the state she entered a plea on Oct. 20, 2011, of no contest to second-degree murder. Gonzales was accused of killing Pedro Denova on March 25, 2005, by stabbing him at least 16 times. As part of the deal Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright agreed to cap her sentence at 25 years. Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger declared her guilty and gave her credit for the 309 days she has already served in the Okeechobee County Jail. He also agreed to recommend she be housed at Broward Correctional Institution in Fort Lauderdale w here she will receive mental health and substance abuse counseling. "I'm very happy with the deal and the (victim's) family is very happy," said Mr. Albright. "It (the agreement) gives her some credit for coming forward with a full confession, but still punishes her." Mr. Albright said in her admission, Gonzales recounted how she frequently had sex w ith Mr. Denova, 54, for moneyas much as $100 per encounter. However, on the day he was killed she used sex as a ruse to meet w ith him and rob him, added the prosecutor. "Every time I go to sleep I see this man. If I could bring her (Mrs. Denova) husband back I would. There's no excuse for what I didthings got out of hand," Gonzales told the judge Thursday morning. "I just want to get this over. I'm really sorry for what I did. I'm really sorry." The prosecutor said in her confession Gonzales said she was on the street, dealing with a drug problem and needed the money at the time of the killing. "You did something horrible," Judge Belanger told the woman standing before him in her orange and white county jail attire. He added that after she does her time she will have a life, but Mr. Denova won't. Still, Judge Belanger commended the woman on making a full confession about what she did. "You pay your price here, and you may not have to pay your price in eternity," he told her. "I think you've expressed genuine remorse." In asking for the court's leniency, defense attorney John Cook reminded the judge that the case would never have been solved if his client hadn't openly told Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce Special Investigator Dale LaFlam about the killing. "There are no witnesses," said Mr. Cook. "If she hadn't said anything she'd still be out on the street." He went on to say that other female inmates in the county jail have called Gonzales crazy because she owned up to what she did. Records indicate that Gonzales has several felony arrests including a 2007 arrest for possession of cocaine. She was later found guilty on that charge and sentenced to ve months in the county jail by then-Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer. In October of 2008 she was found guilty of burglary of a structure and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Ironically, Department of Corrections records show that she was sentenced Dec. 18, 2008, to the Broward Correctional Institution. She was released from there on May 1, 2010. Judge Belanger also ruled that Gonzales pay all court costs and fees and submit to DNA testing. W oman sentenced to prison for 2005 murder By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was arrested on felony drug charges after he was found to be allegedly growing and selling marijuana out of his home. David Lee Montgomery, 58, N.W. 300th St., was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 18, on felony charges of possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and cultivation of marijuana. Montgomery, who also goes by David Lee Moyes, was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Records indicate that Montgomery is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $16,000 bond. According to an arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, all of the suspected pot was eld tested and indicated a positive result for the presence of marijuana. Once Montgomery's home, and Montgomery, were secured by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce Special Response Team and the S.W.A.T. unit from the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Of ce a search warrant w as executed by task force detectives. During that search, the detectives reportedly found: a plastic bag with smaller plastic bags in a freezer that contained marijuana and weighed 86.3 grams; a cardboard box with drying marijuana in the kitchen with a weight of 86.8 grams; two bags of marijuana seeds in the refrigerator that weighed 14.8 grams; marijuana and seeds in a box on the front porch that weighed 9.6 grams; and, small marijuana plants in a boat parked outside the home. Some of the plants had a root system, while some did not. The weight of the plants was 45.4 grams. Over 243.4 grams, or a little more than 8.5 ounces, of pot was seized, stated the detective's report. The detectives also found planting pots, scales and a calendar with the amount of pot sold in a day, added the report. According to the detective, Montgomery allegedly sold marijuana to friends and neighbors in order to pay his bills. The suspected marijuana in the freezer was packaged for resale, added the detective. Montgomery reportedly told the detective that the he had cultivated the marijuana found in the cardboard box about two days prior to his arrest. Man accused of growing, selling pot By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man had to be taken to the hospital for treatment after a neighbor allegedly threw bleach in his face for reasons that are still unknown. Orlando Rodriquez, 44, S.E. 36th Ave., was arrested Friday, Oct. 14, on a felony charge of battery on a person over 65 years of age. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bond. An arrest report by Deputy Corporal Paul Ferrell, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated that a man apparently walked to the victim's home and knocked on the door. Then, when the victim answered, the man allegedly threw a cup of bleach in the man's face. Cpl. Ferrell stated that when he arrived at the victim's home the man was holding a towel to his face and that he smelled of bleach. The victim was taken to the Raulerson Hospital emergency room for treatment by emergency medical personnel. According to the report, Cpl. Ferrell spoke with Rodriquez and the man denied being at the victim's home or dousing him with bleach. However, the deputy went on to state that as he spoke with Rodriquez he smelled a faint odor of bleach on the man. The deputy's report goes on to state that a blue plastic cup was found lying on the porch of the victim's home and that there was a strong odor of bleach just inside the door. The cup was collected and will be tested for ngerprints, Cpl. Ferrell added. The report did not give any information on the victim's possible injuries. Man accused of throwing bleach in neighbor’s face Patricia Lynn Gonzales Orlando Rodriquez David Lee Montgomery The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Melinda Gail Axelrod, 23, N.W. Sixth St., Coral Springs, was arrested Oct. 17 by Deputy Sergeant Robert Coleman on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. She was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $3,500. Cory Lee Shaw, 27, N.E. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 18 by Deputy Mark Margerum on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with giving false information to a pawn broker. His bond was set at $5,000. Bradley Justin Sheltra, 27, N.W. 36th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 18 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of an unoccupied structure/conveyance and violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond. Willie Coleman, 19, Ave. Q, Fort Pierce, was arrested Oct. 19 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with violation of probation battery on detention staff. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report


Class of ‘77 holds 35th ReunionThe Okeechobee High School 35th class reunion will be held on Oct. 21 and 22. On Friday, Oct. 21 6 p.m. (or come after the game) at the KOA Shanty Bar for appetizers and camaraderie! The cost is FREE for Friday, Oct. 21. On Saturday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., the dinner & dance will be held at the KOA Convention Center at 4276 Hwy. 441 S. Cost is $30 per person and dress is casual. Reservations are required. Please call Karen W illiamson Cook, 863-763-5101; Bettye Hart Taylor, 863-634-7572; or Toni Bennett Doyle, 863-634-9491. Hope to see you there!Class of ‘72 reunion plannedThe OHS Class of 72 will be participating in their 40th reunion on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 On Friday, the members of the Class are asked to come to a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the OHS Drama Room (which is behind the Lecture Hall) before the Brahman Homecoming game. Pregame festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the game are $6 for adults and available at the gate. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a cookout at the Okeechobee Civic Center on Highway 98 from 4-9 p.m. This event is being hosted by Daniel Anderson and Carl Swope. A covered dish or dessert will be w elcome. We hope members of the class w ill attend these functions and enjoy their time together.Lifelong Learning Center hosts Open HouseYou’re invited to an Open House for the Fielden Institute for Life Long Learning at the Dixon Hendry Campus on Friday, Oct. 21 at 9:30-11 a.m., at the Williamson Center. Share your ideas on growing the program in Okeechobee. Refreshments will be served. The Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning, IRSC’s health club for the brain, is designed for people fty and better who are interested in exploring shared topics of interest. No pre-requisites, no long semesters, no grades. Programs are peer-driven with members being both students and teachers. FFA alumni play sporting clays shootThe Annual FFA Alumni Sporting Clays Shoot will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at Quail Creek Plantation. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. The event will start at 10 a.m. There will also be a turkey shoot while participants wait for everyone to nish the clay shoot. Lunch w ill be provided to participants. Proceeds w ill bene t FFA students with activities and education. For more information about the shoot, contact Darryl Boney at 863-634-0642, Dr. Randall Mims at 863-697-2613 or Ray Anuez at 863-610-0219, or email: okeechobeeffaalumni@gmail.com.Eagles to host Oktober FestThe Cypress Hut Eagles, 4701 Hwy 441 SE, w ill host an Oktober Fest Party, on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 3-7 p.m. German Food, Music Beverages. Music by Wes & Deb James. Proceeds go to FOE Community Bene t Fund, such as OHS Band Trip.VFW Post to host Oktoberfest CelebrationVFW Post 9528 will host an Oktoberfest Celebration. Commander Gordon Bruen invites one and all to support the disabled and wounded veterans and related V.F.W. Charities. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Enjoy a variety of German Foods with entertainment and polka music to sing and dance to. Tickets are available for just $7 donations with proceeds to bene t homeless children programs. For more information, please call Gordon Bruins at 863-467-2882.Chobee Steelers to present concert in the parkOn Saturday, Oct. 22 the Chobee Steelers will present a Concert in the Park from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Park #4 downtown in Okeechobee. Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy the evening. All donations will bene t Martha’s House Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services.Haunted Halloween Night at DuPuis Management AreaFor an evening lled with ghostly fun bring the whole family to enjoy Haunted Halloween Night at DuPuis Management Area on Hwy 76 in western Martin County. We offer a safe, family-friendly atmosphere, fun activities, crafts and candy. The highlights include a hair-raising haunted house and a hayride through the woods for all ages. Learn about creepy critters such as bats, owls, snakes and spiders on the Dark Woods Trail. Boy Scout Troop #832 will sell hot dogs, chips, apple cider and homemade donuts. Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume or a night full of tricks and treats! Contact Kim Kantor at 800-432-2045, ext 3339 or kkanter@sfwmd.gov for details.Horsemanship 101Okeechobee Dodge Chryslter Jeek and the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena will present Horsemanship 101 on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the arena on Brighton Seminole Reservation, off State Road 710 in Glades County. The event is free and open to ages 6 to 17. All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent. This will be the rst session in the series. Learn the basics of horse anatomy, veterinarian care, horseshoeing and groomng. You do not need to bring or own a horse to participate. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP prior to Oct. 22. The event is free but advance registration is required so organizers will know how many people to plan for. To RSVP or for more information, call 863467-6039 or email molleethagomez@seminoletribe.com.Nar-anon to meetAre you effected by the addiction problems of a loved one? You are not alone. NARANON Family Group meeting on Thursday Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Church Of Our Saviour. 200 NW 3rd Street. Nar-anon is a 12step program which offers guidance through experience, strength and HOPE!Author to hold book signingDeborah Sharp, a former USA Today reporter, now Florida-based mystery writer will be in Okeechobee on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2-5 p.m., at the Okeechobee Hampton Inn for a book signing of her newest book, “Mama Sees Stars.” The book is based on a ctional character in a “Sweet tea and barbecue” slice of Florida much like Okeechobee. Ms. Sharp’s mysteries are funny with a soft Southern Edge.Masonic Lodge to host Sunday BreakfastThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. 5th Street, will host a traditional Sunday Breakfast on Oct. 23 from 8-11 a.m. for only $6. The public is welcome and carryouts are available. Proceeds from the breakfast will bene t local Mason giving programs.Additional Bingo night at Buckhead Ridge VFWVFW Post 9628, on Hwy. 78 West, will have Bingo on Monday evenings, starting Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. This is in addition to the usual Thursday Bingo starting at 1 p.m. and the Sunday night ve-card bingo starting at 5:15 p.m.Orchid Club to meetThe Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., following the Garden Club Meeting at 6 p.m., at the Extension Center, 451 Highway 98N. Please bring an orchid to show or a problem orchid to discuss. For more information call the Extension Of ce at 863-763-6469.Community Collaborative Council to meetThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Of ce. Please remember that we are collecting Christmas toys for needy and foster children. You may bring your donations to the October and November CCC meetings.Shrine Club plans dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will offer a delicious spaghette dinner Tuesday, Oct. 25 The Shrine now offers SMOKE FREE dining. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Proceeds ben t Shrine bene ts. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Martha’s House holds Domestic violence banquetMartha’s House will host the Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Okeechobee Civic Center on Hwy. 98 N. at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee. For more information, contact 863-763-2893.Hospital hosts Dine with the DoctorPodiatrist, Dr. Joshua Roberts of Florid a Foot Specialists will be the speaker at this month’s Dine with the Doctor program held in the Raulerson cafeteria on Oct. 25. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m., with a lecture on foot pain will be from 5-6 p.m. RSVP: 1-800-449-8642. The lecture is free.VFW Ladies AMVETS to hold dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Ladies AMVETS will hold a dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 26 with fresh corn chowder, openfaced turkey sandwiches and sides topped off with pumpkin praline cake. Serving 5 p.m. till they run out. Donation, $7 for local charities. Music to follow. For information call, 863-467-2882.Euchre Tournament group to meetThe Euchre tournament will resume for the season on Mondays and Wednesdays. The next tournament will take place on Oct. 24, 26 & 31, at the Village Square Restaurant, at 301 W. South Park St. Play starts at 6:30 p.m. but plan to arrive at 6:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome, even beginners. Call John Munger for information, at 863-3570803.Martha’s House to hold yard saleCome to Martha’s House, 4134 Hwy 441 N., for the fall yard sale on Oct. 27 and 28, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. OKMS announces quarterly meetingThe next quarterly general membership meeting for Okeechobee Main Street will be held on Oct. 26 at noon at the Golden Corral. All members are encouraged to attend and receive an update on recent events and activities. Please join us to share in a special awards presentation and meet our ne w Board Secretary, Courtney Moyett, who is also a litigation support specialist with Philip DeBerard Injury. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News October 21, 2011 Community Events




By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Business Development Board of Okeechobee County, also known as the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, is alive and well despite the absence of an executive director. Brian Cartland, who was the board’s rst full-time executive director, resigned in September to become Vice President of the Economic Development Board of Palm Beach County. Terry Burroughs, former president of the chamber, stepped up into the position of interim executive director upon Mr. Cartland’s departure and J. D. Mixon, who was president-elect of the chamber became the chamber’s new president. Mr. Burroughs, who said he has been able to keep the projects going that Mr. Cartland had started, said they currently have 79 applicants for the position of executive director. The board plans to keep accepting applications until Oct. 31. The nominating committee is going over the applications and they hope to have a replacement by the rst of the year. The board is in its third year. The business plan was for annual support from both the city and county for three years, with the amount of funding to decrease each year. The goal was for the board to become self suf cient after the third year. This budget year the city gave the board $20,000. The board had requested $40,000 from the county. While the county did earmark $40,000 for economic development in the current budget, commissioners did not specify which organization or organizations would receive the money. The business development board is free to compete with any other economic development organization for those funds. This failure to designate speci c funds for the business development board played a part in Mr. Cartland’s decision to leave. In his resignation letter he wrote, “I was concerned with commission recommendations to fund economic development efforts through a different organization. This direction was a major factor in my decision to consider other professional opportunities.” However, Mr. Burroughs said the lack of funding from the county will not be a major obstacle since the board has almost reached its goal of becoming completely self suf cient. They now have 90 dues paying members, which was better than anticipated. They hope to have 125 members by the end of December. However, Mr. Burroughs said he would like to continue to receive funding from both the city and the county. He said this would show that both governments have an interest in economic development. Mr. Burroughs said the board would continue to provide reports at six-month intervals to both the city and the county as to the progress of the board in its objectives. While he said he could not divulge the details at this time, Mr. Burroughs said he was continuing nine projects that had been initiated by Mr. Cartland. He said one prospective employer had the potential of hiring from 80 to over 100 employees and another prospective employers could create 125 ne w jobs. The board’s business assistance committee is ready to help an investor start or gro w a business by helping with such things as human resources, taxes, workers compensation, earned tax credit, and regulations. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Business development board seeks executive director 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 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Okeechobee 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 8 Okeechobee News October 21, 2011 The Heart Gallery of Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast, a unique and stirring traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in foster care hoping to be adopted, will be on display from Nov. 10 through Dec. 12 at Indian River State College, Dixon Hendry Campus, Building B, located at 2229 NW 9th Ave. The gallery features children who have been removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. They are “dif cult to place” children who are older (7-17 years old), sibling groups, minority or biracial or may have physical, emotional or behavioral issues. The local Heart Gallery is displayed in high-traf c locations across Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties in an effort to raise awareness of the need for adoptive homes in our communities. Since it began in 2006, more than 55 children featured on the Heart Gallery of Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast have been adopted, including eight from Okeechobee County in the past two years. The local gallery, which is partially funded by both the Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee County and the United Way of Okeechobee County, was founded by Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division. Other funders include Department of Children & Families, United for Families, United Way of Indian River County, United Way of Martin County and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. For more information, contact Frank Avilla at 772-429-2009. ‘Heart Gallery’ tours Okeechobee Due the heavy rains over the past few w eeks, there has been a rise in the mosquito population statewide. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sometimes love needs a helping hand.{ Hes relying on you. And you ma y need some help. n e e d s o m e h e l p Especially if youre E s p e c i a l l y i f y o u  r e caring for c a r i n g f o r s omeone w h ose h ea l t h requires attention 2 4 / 7 At Hope HealthCare Services, we understand your role a s a caregiver. We support all y ou do with our comforting c are„coor d inating me d ica l nee d s, exp l aining options a n d provi d ing emotiona l gui d ance f or you an d y our loved ones. Together, we can h e l p y ou b ot h ma k e eac h d ay t h e b est possi bl e Let Hope be there for you Support a t h o me co mf o rtin g C ar e re s pite f or Caregiver s co mp ass i o n f or Familie s Every day is a gift. Toll free 800.8 35 .16 73 or HopeHCS.org 9 Okeechobee News October 21, 2011 Get started in a great career choice as a nursing assistantAnyone interested in getting started in the healthcare eld should consider applying for the Nursing Assistant course (HCPV410C) at Indian River State College. IRSC is now accepting applications for Nursing Assistant classes. Nursing Assistants, work under the supervision of nursing or medical staff to provide basic care in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians' of ces, clinics and inhome care. This Nursing Assistant course is the rst step to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Most Nursing Assistants help with nursing activities such as bathing and feeding. The Nursing Assistant course takes about seven weeks to complete. In the program, students attend class approximately 20 hours per week. Day and night classes are available at IRSC campuses in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. For more information, contact the IRSC Nursing Department at 772-462-7570 or visit www. irsc.edu. IRSC now accepting applications for nursing assistant program Special to the Okeechobee News/ Waste ManagementIn support of Historical SocietyTeresa Chandler, Waste Management/Okeechobee Land ll, Inc., presents a check to Betty Williamson, President/Okeechobee Historical Society. The contribution will assist with the third printing of the book entitled "Strolling Down Country Roads, Okeechobee." The book is an exciting pictorial book of 192 pages with historic pictures of the Okeechobee area on almost every page. The book is expected to arrive in time for Christmas. Orders may be placed by calling 863-763-6226 and leaving your name, telephone number and address. You will be noti ed when the books arrive. Authors are Twila Valentine (deceased) and Betty Chandler Williamson. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary School is pleased to announce the names of Students of the Week for Oct. 14, Alexander Hernandez, Grace Lippman, Yesenia Lara, Araceli Garcia, Melanie Gonzalez, Weston Tilton, Eutimio Bucio, Erica Rodriguez, Jayla Leon, Anai Bustos, Joshua Cruz-Bahena, Esmeralda Toribio, Foy Cunningham, Eddie Castaneda, Ashley Marker, Jasmin Garcia, Gerardo Baltazar, Alex Vasquez, Destiny Tagle, Brady Sperry, Alexis Rosas, Janelly Gomez, Selena Rivera, Julitza Urbina, Juan Baltazar, Adon Landaverde, Kiamber Mingo, Rafael Correa, Araceli Garcia, Julian Cruz-Cruz, Alejandro Espinoza and Alex Campbell.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Manager. Kevin graduated high school from St. Josephs Academy in St. Augustine, FL. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. in 2000. Today, he works for JP Morgan Chase as a Lead Application Developer in their Commercial Banking Division. Kevin proposed to Chrissy on June 18, 2011, during a surprise trip to Mackinac Island, MI. The couple is planning a wedding in the Summer of 2012, in Northern Michigan. Chrissy and Kevin will be residing with their two dogs, Gracie and JoJo, in Chicago, IL., where they currently live in the Lincoln Square area. KEVIN HOWARD CHRISTINA WEMMER David and Patricia Wemmer, of Okeechobee, FL., are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Marie Wemmer to Kevin Gerard Howard, son of Tom and Lois Howard of Palm Coast, FL. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Okeechobee High School and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. in 2001. She attended Southern Methodist University College of Law in Dallas, Texas and went on to graduate with her Juris Doctorate in 2004. Chrissy works for the Illinois Court System as a Judicial Training ENGAGEMENT 11 Okeechobee News October 21, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Teresa ChandlerTeen Dance LimboMason Adams shows off his skills at Limbo at the Sept. 27, B.R.A.T. Club teen dance. Students from Ages 12-16 participate in the contest. Mason has been in the nals several times! The next B.R.A.T. dance will have a Halloween costume contest included and will be held on Oct. 29, at the Freshman Campus from 7-10 p.m. For more information, please contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News October 21, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tabitha TrentBus Drivers Appreciation WeekEvery day of the school year, in daylight and darkness, blistering heat and frigid cold Okeechobee County’s school bus drivers travel thousands upon thousands of miles on everything from dirt roads to busy highways to deliver our precious school children to their places of learning and then home again. And while the breadth and scope of their duty is great and the hours are difcult, the position of a school bus driver requires tremendous steadfastness. They have to maneuver through traf c regardless of road conditions while maintaining the conduct of the children on the bus and are relied upon for leadership and life-saving decision-making in the event of an emergency. As a direct result of their caring and professional efforts our children continue to bene t from the safest mode of transportation available. The staff at Center State Bank feel that it is important to publicly recognize that the safe transport of our children is a vital part of Okeechobee’s education system. Each bus driver, mechanic, route coordinator, dispatcher, and transportation supervisor should really take pride in knowing that they are a highly-trained and valued member of the educational community! Thank you so much for all you do! In the photo from left to right – Misty Raulerson, Louise Piper, Tabitha Trent, Jennifer Lafferty and Jamie Webber. Every 3 and 4 year old student at Stepping Stones Academy 1 recently received a free personalized book through Melissa Harden’s Give-A-Book program. Local sponsors donated copies of a brand new book starring each child on Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. Local sponsors provided over 50 of the specially prepared Create-A-Books to Stepping Stones A cademy 1 in the interest of promoting literacy in our community. A book was made for each child with his or her name, teacher’s name, school name, hometown and three friends’ or playmates names. The personal information is seamlessly woven into the story line. The books have proven to be a unique motivation in encouraging children to read. For the children, the recognition of their own name in print will hopefully whet their appetite for a lifetime of reading. Melissa Harden would like to send special thank you to the sponsors who made this event possible, Center State Bank and Tabitha Trent, as well as Brandy Coble and Radley Yackamouih, without your donations and participation this would not have been possible. She would also like to thank Connie Harden and Niki Pena for their dedication and participation in making this a wonderful day for each of the children. Y oung readers get free books Special to the Okeechobee News/ Stepping StonesVPK Classes pose for a photo with Ms. Niki, Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Maria, Ms. Mindy, Melissa Harden, McGruff and Tabitha Trent. SHOWROOM OPEN: MON-THUR 8:30AM-8PM, FRI 8:30AM-7PM, SAT 9AM-6PM SERVICE, PARTS & BODY SHOP OPEN: MON-FRI 7:30AM-5:30PM Se Habla Espaol888-745-67095255 South U.S.1 / Ft. Pierce, FLrogerdeanbuickgmc.com NEW 2011 GMC SIERRA MSRP $34,876 39 MONTH LEASE, 10K MILES PER YEAR WITH $3,980 CASH OR TRADE EQUITY DOWN. LEASE PAYMENTS P LUS TAX, TAG, TITLE AND INCEPTION FEES. LEASE AND 0% FINANCING OFFER AVAILABLE WITH APPROVED CREDIT. RESTRICTIONS APPLY ON ALL OFFERS, NOT ALL BUY ERS WILL QUALIFY. DEALER RETAINS ALL REBATES AND INCENTIVES. $8,500 SAVINGS OFF ORIGINAL MSRP & ONLY APPLIES TO USAA POLICY HOLDERS. OFFERS CANNO T BE COMBINED. OFFERS GOOD THROUGH DATE OF PUBLICATION ONLY AND ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. DEALER NO T RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. PHOTOS ARE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY. COPYRIGHT 2011 CHUMNEY & ASSOCIATES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. RDBU2433 BUICKWE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE BAD CREDIT! NO CREDIT!NO PROBLEM! CALL RON K. LOADED WITH 20-INCH CHROME WHEELS, BLUE TOOTH, CRUISE CONTROL! New 2011 GMC Sierra Z-60 Stk#26259 Savings Up To $ 8 500 UE T T O O O O T T H H H C C C R U U U I I I S S S S E E C C C C O O O O N N T T R R O O L L ! $ 299 / MO FOR 0 FOR R 60 MOS $ 1 000 PLUS P P P P P P P P P P LUS LU U U S US Consumer Cash BUICK WE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE B B END OF MONTHSELL-OFF ME W H H E E E E L L S S B B L U U F F F F FO r r r OR $ $ $ 2012 BUICK LACROSSE E-ASSIST Now In Stock!43HWYMPGUPTO rogerdeanbuickgmc.com rogerdeanbuickgmc.com ro g erdeanbuick g mc.com ro g erdeanbuick g mc.com rogerdeanbuickgmc.com rogerdeanbuickgmc.com rogerdeanbuickgmc.com rogerdeanbuickgmc.comrogerdeanbuickgmc.com rogerdeanbuickgmc.com rogerdeanbuickgmc.com rogerdeanbuickgmc.com


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Shawn Bloom caught a break Wednesday when a jury found him guilty of misdemeanor battery instead of the felony of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, with w hich he was charged. And the Oct. 19 decision of those six people appeared to be less than palatable to Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger, who reminded Bloom of his good fortune. “The verdict is what it is. You have a prev ious aggravated assault conviction—you skated by on this one,” said the judge to Bloom. “You have a proclivity toward lashing out at people. If you touch someone again it will (now) be felony battery.” Judge Belanger was referring to a 2006 case where then-Circuit Court Judge Sherw ood Bauer placed Bloom on one-year probation and withheld adjudication on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. But the jury had no knowledge of Bloom’s prior record. Bloom was in court this week standing trial for cutting Howard Sims as many as ve times with a pocket knife. Four of those w ounds were in the victim’s back. According to testimony in the two-day trial, Mr. Sims and some of his friends were drinking at Brewski’s, 3949 U.S. 441 S.E., on the night of Oct. 8, 2010, when some girls began lifting their shirts and ashing their breasts. Although he wasn’t with Mr. Sims and his friends, Bloom testi ed Wednesday that he w as in the bar “hanging out with friends— enjoying the show.” But when the show stopped and Mr. Sims and his friends left the bar. Bloom also left. It’s here where stories differ. Bloom either confronted Albaro Arana outside the bar or, according to Bloom’s testimony, Arana confronted him in the parking lot of the bar. The two men began ghting in the bar’s parking lot and, according to witnesses, Mr. Sims and his friend T.J. Clanton Jr. hit Bloom about the head and face and eventually pulled him off Mr. Arana as their friend was near unconsciousness. After Mr. Sims had left the parking lot with his friend Leslie Bullock, they drove south on U.S. 441 S.E. to S.E. 38th Ave. Ms. Bullock testi ed that after turning onto S.E. 38th Ave. a white van passed her then pulled in front of her and stopped. The van, she said, was pulled across her lane of travel and she was forced to stop. At that point, Mr. Sims testi ed that he got out of the car to nd out why Bloom had blocked the street. When he got within 3to 4-feet of Bloom, Mr. Sims testi ed he saw that Bloom had a knife so he turned and ran. At this point, Bloom slashed him across the back at least four times and cut him once across the stomach. Because this took place in front of Okeechobee Fire/Rescue Station #2, Ms. Bullock ran across the street and summoned help. Emergency medical personnel put Mr. Sims in an ambulance and took him to Raulerson Hospital. Bloom’s testimony was the antithesis to Mr. Sims’ statements. He told the jury that he blocked Ms. Bullock because he thought she may have picked up his cell phone from the bar’s parking lot. Then, as he walked to the vehicle, he claimed Mr. Sims jumped him. While on his back, Bloom said he fended off his attacker with one arm and retrieved his pocket knife from his pants. Bloom said he then brought the knife across Mr. Sims’ back so that he could free himself from his attacker. Bloom testi ed that he was so afraid that he soiled himself. Defense attorney Rebecca Hamilton then entered her client’s soiled underwear into evidence. He told the jury that he then left the scene and drove to Racetrac Petroleum on S.R. 70 E. “Then I made a stupid decision,” he told the jury, “I threw my knife away.” Bloom then testi ed that he decided to return to Brewski’s to, hopefully, nd law enforcement. But, he was stopped by an Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce deputy before he reached the bar. Ms. Hamilton then showed the jury pictures of her client, who clearly had injuries to his right eye as well as scrapes and bruises to his right arm. There were also minor injuries to Bloom’s left hand but he didn’t remember how he received them. In her closing statement to the jury, Ms. Hamilton reminded them that no medical evidence was introduced that the wounds to Mr. Sims caused great bodily harm. She added that the man’s wounds were closed with stitches and he was only in the hospital for three hours. Then, there was the matter of Mr. Sims’ blood being found on Bloom’s shirt and one of his shoes. “If Howard Sims was running away, ho w did the blood get on Shawn’s shirt? Because Howard was on top of him Shawn was on his back,” she told the jury. After some three hours of deliberation, the jury found Ms. Hamilton’s client guilt y only of the lesser crime of battery. Jury says Bloom only guilty of battery for his part in ght 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL EPISCOPAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHYou are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 1167 Linda Rd. BHR863-357-6500 www.bhrchristianchurch.orgSunday Worship 10:30am~~~Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm~~~Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:30 Christian Education 12:30 Holy Eucharist inSpanish W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e a t w w w o k e e c o o s c o m 301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70ELIVE CONCERT with Chris SlighOct. 29 at 7 PMAdmission: $10 Meet & Greet $20 For Tickets Call 863-763-4127Okeechobee Church of God 13 Okeechobee News October 21, 2011 feet in a week, he said the lake level is well below where it should be this time of year. In the only public hearing on the agenda councilmen adopted an ordinance concerning the 10-year water supply facilities work plan. This is a formality required to comply w ith current state regulations and will not make any new changes that have not already been approved. In other action, the council:  appointed Theodore J. Denisuk as an alternate member to the code enforcement board with a term to expire April 30, 2014;  approved the temporary closing of S.W. Fifth Avenue between S.W. Sixth Street and S.W. Seventh Street from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 for the Central Elementary School Fall Carnival;  agreed to make S.W. Third and S.W. Fourth streets at the Recreational Outreach Center one way from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 12 to accommodate a fund raiser for Buddy Mills;  awarded a sole source bid to Global Mapping, Inc, in the amount of $8,800 for mapping services; and  cancelled meetings on the second Tuesday in November and the second Tuesday in December.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. PARKContinued From Page 1 Shawn Bloom Main Street collecting candy for Halloween celebrationOkeechobee Main Street is in the process of gathering candy for the 2011 Halloween Celebration! Anyone who would be willing to put a Candy Collection Box at your business, please contact Cindy at the Main Street Of ce, 863-357-6246. The 2011 Halloween Celebration is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31, at the Agri-Civic Center.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today! 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Visit us online atwww.newszap.com REHAB THERAPY/NURSING HOME VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S.Scott Tapper,M.D.,F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Vascular Surgeon 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. StuartSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Office ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation proceduresInsurance Accepted Before Aftersymmetrylaservein.com772-286-5501 Advertising in the Okeechobee News is a bright idea!Call 763-3134 today! RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE Jose Villarreal, D.O. Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. N e w P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New Patients & Walk-ins Evening Hours Available Per Request 2 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 9www.raulersonprimarycare.com Big Lake Cancer Center1115 NParrott Ave Okeechobee DOYOUNEEDTOTALK? CALL863.467.9500Can Y o u r Skin Cancer be Cured with 5 days of Radiation? CO M EINFO RF R E E I N F O R M A T I O N FOLLOWUSONFACEBOOK.COM/RADIATIONDOCTORRamesh Kumar MD, William Crook MD and Julie Santelli MD BoardCertified Radiation OncologistsWe Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984€Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities 14 Okeechobee News October 21, 2011


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST DERMATOLOGY HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About120 BEDS MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore HEALTH Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website www.newszap.com James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 15 Okeechobee News October 21, 2011


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Has 20 yrs experience and excellent referrals Call 863-697-1455 Employment Full Time Clinical Laboratory Technologist Independent Laboratory seeking Full-Time, Florida License Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Minimum 2yrs. experience in laboratory setting. Please fax resume to: 863-467-0421 or send resume to: PO Box 1489, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Class A & B CDL Driver for local deliveries. Must know the area,have clean driving record and pass a drug test. Beni ts Available apply at Walpole Feed & Supply, 2595 NW 8th St. Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full Time TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST III FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICESFlorida Forest Service **OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY** MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS A High School Diploma or its equivalent and four (4) years of work experience in telecommunications. 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Sell your used items in the classifieds Employment Full Time Employment WantedLooking for Work on a Dairy Farm. Experienced Farm Hand Willing to Work Nights, Weekends, Holidays and Per Diem Not Concerned About the Money. Call Troy 772-475-5101 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com FurnitureSALON FURNITURE 3 Styling chairs, 1 styling station,1 sink,2 shop chairs,4 dryers, 1 product cabinet &1 mirror.Like new. $1200 or best offer. 863-990-2770 or 863-990-6132. Guns/Supplies For Sale 45 cal. semi auto Hand Gun Private Owner Call 863-467-4947 Thompson Contender Thompson Contender with 10” 30-30 barrel in like new condition. Extra 14” 223 barrel in fair condition with 4x scope. $550 /neg. (754)422-2725 MiscellaneousFor Sale Vita Spa Amour L-115 Hot Tub,Extra Jets for legs,back & neck, total of 14. $4,000 New Will take $975.00 Call 863-467-2149 Leave Message For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 1 Story Duplex 3BR/2BA-In the City SW Section-7th Ave & 4th ST,W/D hook up Central AC/Heat,New ooring and kitchen cabinets.NO PETS $850.00/mo.1st last and Security.863-763-2197 2 BD/1BA Duplex in town. No Pets! First, Last and Security. $550.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 BEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom CBS, Large kitchen, new carpet, screen room, utility room. $700 mo. includes water, lawn and garbage. (863)467-2784 Apartments Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 LG. CLEAN APT in town 2/2, w/d, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572 Nice 2/1 Apt. over commercial of ce space in the city. $600/mo. Plus utilities. Dishwasher and microwave. No pets. Please contact Sandra at (863)697-6082. Oak Lake Apts, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story & 2BR, 1BA, 1 story apt., $650/mo + $650 sec. Very Clean, (863)634-3312 or (863)634-3313. OKEECHOBEE2 Cottages, 1 on Rim Canal. Starting $150 week. (772)359-1640. Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Houses-Rent 2/2 on canal in BHR covered boat slip,12x42 screen porch, appliances & some utilities included.$750 mo., $500 sec. deposit, avail. Nov. 1st 863-634-6467 Dixie Ranch 3 Bdrm/1 bath $700.00 a month. Also 2 Bdrm/1 bath $675.00 a month FLS. No Pets 863-634-2820 FOR RENT NEW HOME 3bed/2ba on water in Taylor Creek Isles, 5 appliances included, 2 car garage, No pets. $1,200 a month. Call 863-467-8559 Houses-Rent FT. Drum 33692 NE 9th Ave. 4 acre pasture, 1bdrm CBS home, old barn, No house pets $500 deposit $500 monthly Call 912-224-4658 Furnished 1/1 or 2/1 in Kings Bay w/garage, washer and dryer starting at $650 per month, plus utilities call 863-467-4371 Large 2,000 sq. ft., 3/2 CBS in town with fenced in yard. $950 p/mo. First, last & security. 863-634-7725. LARGE 3/2/2 on 2 Acres 3,000 sq. ft. Home for Lease/Rent $1,200.00 a month Call 863-214-3658 or 863-801-4346 OKEECHOBEE3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba, tile throughout, $1000 mo. & up. 1st & sec. moves you in. (561)248-3888 or (863)599-0156 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Two Story CBS house on Canal,3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room w/ re place. 2 frigs, washer/dryer, 40 ft Car port,Very Clean. $125,000 Call 863-610-0329 16 Okeechobee News October 21, 2011


PUBLIC NOTICE Okeechobee Utility Authority will temporarily change its method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of our drinking water. The water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water after Oct 31, 2011. These conditions will last thru Nov 14, 2011. These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical sh or aquatic animals, you should contact you local tropical sh store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water before adding it to your aquarium. The hydrant ushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours. We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for the customers of Okeechobee Utility Authority. If additional information is needed, contact Kevin Rogers at 763-3239. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION. OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY 401037 ON 10/21/2011 NOTICE The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will convene on Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday November 2, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” 304 N.W. 2nd Street, in Okeechobee Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Commissioner Joey Hoover, Chairman Value Adjustment Board Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Value Adjustment Board Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 400037 ON 10/12,21/2011 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 472011CP000138XXXXX IN RE: ESTATE OF LUCIANO MENDOZA ZAMORA Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of LUCIANO MENDOZA ZAMORA, deceased, whose date of death was June 9, 2011, is pending in the Circuit Court for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is October 14th, 2011. Personal Representative: SERGIO MENDOZA 15 South Regent Station, #2A Portchester, New York 10573 Attorney For Personal Representative: MICHELE MARIE CORCIONE, ESQ. Attorney for SERGIO MENDOZA Florida Bar Number: 52025 ELLIS, GED & BODDEN, P.A. 7171 North Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33487 Telephone: (561) 995-1966 Fax: (561) 228-0914 E-Mail: mcorcione@ellisandged.comIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2011-CP-149 IN RE: ESTATE OF CAROL LYNN BEARD f/k/a CAROL L. PELHAM, f/k/a CAROL L. SWEATT Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The name of the decedent, the designation of the court in which the administration of this estate is pending, and the le number are indicated above. The address of the Court is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are indicated below. If you have been served with a copy of this notice and you have any claim or demand against the decedent’s estate, even if that claim is unmatured, contingent or liquidated, you must le your claim with the court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS NOTICE. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons who have claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with the court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENT’S DEATH. The date of death of the decedent is: July 17, 2011. The date of rst publication of this Notice is October 14, 2011. Personal Representative: JOHN A. 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Ms. Piper said it is very important that bus drivers keep the children in the front window of the bus as they board the bus or cross the street. The warning bar measures approximately 10 feet and is meant to keep the children from getting too close to the bus where they can slip and fall and perhaps get injured. “We are certainly out to protect the safety of our children,” Ms. Piper said, “Parents should remember that the bus driver needs to see the children out the front window of the bus so they always need to stand at least 10 feet in front so drivers can make sure they are safe.” Ms. Piper said the district does a very good job of keeping school kids safe. She notes the students receive training on bus safety at school and bus drivers undergo rigorous training and annual refresher courses. “I feel our district does an outstanding job to remind parents, motorists, and students about the importance of safety,” she added. Ms. Piper said street lights would help the situation in the morning but she notes no district has the resources to have lights at all school bus stops. All school buses no w are equipped with lap belts for elementar y students. There also are video cameras installed to monitor student behavior. Ms. Piper said these cameras have done a good job on reducing problems on buses. “They are very helpful. They don’t always tell the whole story but we use them and take them to school administrators so the y can know the children and talk to them about their behavior,” she explained. “I think they’ve been extremely helpful.” More children are riding buses this year, Ms. Piper added, mostly due to the economy and higher gas prices. Piper said close to 3,800 different students will ride on school buses in the school system and that there are over 850 school bus stops in the county. All school bus drivers are given a small gift for keeping children safe this week. They will also hold a morning reception with coffee and donuts for the drivers at the school bus garage. County school bus director is proud of safety record Community support and volunteers are the backbone of our local Okeechobee Humane Society Pet Rescue. They are always in short supply but always appreciated. Volunteers are needed to help the Pet Rescue with the upcoming Christmas in the Park event. A oat for the parade is planned and creative helpers are invited to make this year’s oat a big success. Greeters are needed for the Pet Rescue’s information and pet supplies table. Other upcoming events and daily operations also require volunteers. Dogs need daily care and it takes a team to keep them healthy and happy. Speaking of “dogs” Are you hungry for a hot dog? Come to George’s Hot Dogs, 3603 Hwy. 441 S. (next to Mid-Florida Hardware) from Nov. 1 through Dec. 22 and support, “Dogs for Dogs.” Make a donation of food or funds to bene t the dogs at the shelter and George will have a hotdog and a drin k ready for you! This is the third year for the fundraiser. It was a great success last year with many donations for the pets. We hope to see a better year this time around and encourage everyone to tell family and friends. Do you have some extra time to donate to help a homeless pet? Call the shelter and come give a dog a hug. 863-357-1104. Volunteer support needed for Pet Rescue Hospice plans 2012 ‘Festival of Trees’Hospice of Okeechobee’s annual Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 28 through Dec. 4. Delivery/set up of trees will be from Nov. 14 to Nov. 22. Hospice of Okeechobee is currently seeking donations of fully-decorated Christmas trees and other Christmas items to display and sell through a silent auction process. This special event is to raise money for the bene t of patient care in the Hamrick Home—a residence and in-patient facility providing 24 hour care. If you would like to donate a tree or would like more information, please contact Frank Irby 863-467-2321.Program helps Hardest Hit homeownersAre you unemployed or underemployed and having trouble making your mortgage payments? There’s good news for homeowners. If you’ve experienced a nancial hardship due to job loss or reduced hurs, resulting in a reduction in your income, the federal government has allocated funding to the State of Florida to help. Tthose who qualify may be eligible for up to six months of mortgage payments. It’s absolutely free to apply. For more information, visit www.FLHardestHitHelp.org or call 877-863-5244 or contact Okeechobee Non Pro t Housing Inc,, 115 S.W. 5th Avenue, 863-467-5525.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News South Fork (3-3) battles Okeechobee High School (1-5) tonight in a contest that might decide which school competes in the regional playoffs this year. It is the Brahman homecoming game. South Fork has defeated Forest Hill 28-7, Jensen Beach 46-25, and Palm Beach Lakes 42-6 and has lost to Port St. Lucie 46-39, Martin County 26-12, and Centennial 28-14 this year. The Bulldogs feature a ground attack with the option, dive plays and sweeps. Dalton Pollock has rushed for 509 yards and seven touchdowns and Rico Pierre of Indiantown has 345 yards and three touchdowns. QB Cody Labanowitz has thrown for 596 yards and eight scores while he has completed 59 percent of his throws. While South Fork is ne on offense, their defense has struggled at times. They allow 23 points per game and an average of 316 y ards per game. Okeechobee has also struggled on defense and with injuries. They are led by D.J. W ashington who had 340 yards rushing and two touchdowns and nearly 400 yards passing and four touchdowns. Ty'Ronte Files has rushed for 304 yards but has missed two games due to injury. Okeechobee will also have QB Jack Radebaugh back in the lineup tonight. He will also play defensive back for the Brahmans. George Tillman was also called up from the Junior Varsity and will help on special teams. Jose Santibanez (ankle) remains out, and Thor Harden (concussion) will be a gametime decision. Brahman Coach Myron Jackson said the Brahman defense will have a tough assignment tonight and must play assignment football and keep the Bulldogs corralled. "South Fork wants to run and they will take what you give them. They will change formations and use draw plays and screen passes. Their offensive line is physical and they really hit their blocks," Jackson said. Jackson said a key battle tonight will be on the defensive line as it is a must for his line to occupy the Bulldog blockers so linebackers can make tackles. South Fork also features a 3-3-5 defense that swarms to the ball and gang tackles. Okeechobee's offensive line will see a number of blitzes tonight and must communicate to protect their passers. Jackson said South Fork also plays well on special teams and aren't opposed to trick plays. He said their weakness will be short kickoffs which should give the Brahmans good eld position. The homecoming game will feature class reunions and other special events this weekend. OHS faces South Fork in Homecoming game 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 GREATBUSINESS OPPORTUNITYFull Service Coin Laundromat. Established business for 13 years in same location. Huebsch Machines in excellent condition. 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The Okeechobee Junior Varsity Football game scheduled against Martin County on Tuesday was also postponed by the inclement weather. The schools were trying to reschedule the game. Okeechobee sports news notes


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